Mimecast acquire Ataata to reduce human security errors

The merging of the two companies will see Ataata work closely with Mimecast employees to reduce security errors by determining employees’ behaviour patterns and offering recommendations for improvement accordingly.

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Chief executive officer and founder of Mimecast, Peter Bauer, expressed the importance of implementing training methods that go beyond the simplistic theme of tick boxes.

“Cyber security awareness training has traditionally been viewed as a check the box action for compliance purposes, boring videos with PhDs rambling about security or even less than effective gamification which just doesn’t work,” Bauer explains.

“As cyber attacks continue to find new ways to bypass traditional threat detection methods, it’s essential to educate your employees in a way that changes behaviour.”

“According to a report from Gartner, the security awareness computer-based training market will grow to more than $1.1 billion by year-end 2020. The powerful combination of Mimecast’s cyber resilience for email capabilities paired with Ataata’s employee training and risk scoring will help customers enhance their cyber resilience efforts.”

Furthermore, a recent study conducted by Mimecast and Vanson Bourne, a rise in phishing attacks was declared by 90% of participating organisations, yet only 11% reported that regular training in dealing with cyber attacks was offered.

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Chief executive officer and co-founder of Ataata Michael Madon said that organisations need to realise their employee’s role as the “last line of defence”, and therefore human error in regards to cybersecurity can be costly to both the employee and the organisation as a whole.

“Cyber security training and awareness doesn’t need to be difficult or boring,” Madon adds.

“Training and awareness is needed to help mitigate these internal risks. Our customers rely on engaging content at the human level, which helps to change behavior at the employee-level.”

“We’re excited to join forces with Mimecast to help customers build a stronger cyber resilience strategy that includes robust content, risk scoring and real-world attack simulation – going way beyond basic security awareness capabilities.”

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Aaron Hurst

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